Ski Area Enhancement Act Could Create Jobs

Alex KochonOctober 5, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives gave ski areas a big boost on Monday, passing a bill that would help resorts create summer jobs. According to the Vail Daily, the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act would amend the ski-only rules that currently govern U.S. Forest Service Land.

The bill, H.R. 765, received unanimous support in the House and next goes to the Senate. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Denver) was its driving force in the House.

“At a time when our No. 1 priority in Congress must be creating jobs for Americans, I am proud to have led the bipartisan effort to pass a bill that will create stable, year-round jobs in the 13 states currently home to ski resorts on public land,” DeGette told the Vail Daily.

But don’t expect a free-for-all; the bill won’t allow tennis courts, water slides, swimming pools, golf courses and amusement parks on National Forest Service Land.

For more on the bill and its status, click here.


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Alex Kochon

Alex Kochon ( is the former managing editor at FasterSkier. She spent seven years with FS from 2011-2018, and has been writing, editing, and skiing ever since. She's making a cameo in 2020.

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